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(Worldcrunch)   Welcome to the quiet Romanian town of Râmnicu Vâlcea, perhaps better-known as "The House That Fraud Built"; unofficial anthem "We Built This City On Fraud & Woe" still pending. Don't fret the price of admission, as you've probably already paid   ( divider line
    More: Scary, transport hub, Romanians, Romania, Ambassadors of the United States, narrow streets, Western Union, town, Bucharest  
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2013-01-07 01:31:36 PM  
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In the late 80s there was a big push towards computer science by the communist regime. I know that because starting in 1st grade I had the opportunity to go to computer classes every day in the afternoon for 2-3 hours to learn programming.

I left the country when I was 12 in the 90s but people kept pushing computer science even after the communist regime. Fast forward 10 years and you have a lot of kids that know programming very well (highschools and colleges were geared for that) and no jobs for most of them. Romanian is the second most spoken language at Microsoft so that should tell you something about the quality of programmers from that area.

Of course, not everyone could leave the country and find good paying jobs in the West and the allure of dollars for 16-18 year olds is too much especially when all they have to do is sit behind a computer.

One of the scams in the 90s was using mail order catalogues like Eastbay. Steal credit card numbers, order a ton of merchandise shipped to addresses in US or Europe and then forward the merchandise to Romania to sell.
2013-01-07 03:02:46 PM  
1 vote:
dirty gypsies. I wish the Iron Curtain was still around. Keep all that trash in there.
2013-01-07 01:43:22 PM  
1 vote:

Kludge: [ image 850x637]

Eastern europe is best europe

/at least in this category, lol
2013-01-07 01:41:08 PM  
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2013-01-07 01:36:34 PM  
1 vote:
I have been to Romania twice (under Ceausescu) and found it the most corrupt country I have ever been to. It makes Nigeria look like Switzerland. That said if you know how to work the corruption it can be a great place.To think the fall of communism eradicates corruption is the most absurd notion I have ever heard. Corruption existed long before Marx, Lenin, or Mao.
2013-01-07 01:07:02 PM  
1 vote:
Maybe we should "accidentally" drop a nuke there. Seems like one well-placed one would do the trick.

/// just saying.
2013-01-07 12:50:27 PM  
1 vote:
I have a feeling that after the utter, Best-Korea-like economic shambles of the "Communist" era, Romania got off to an almost irredeemably bad start being "free". I heard that whole families were basically living in the streets making a living off of crime and begging, and I'm sure that thousands of emotionally and morally stunted adults emerged from the sterile orphanages that were Ceaucescu's legacy. And I doubt there's much money to be made there in legitimate hard work. So yeah I'm not surprised that internet scamming is big business there.
2013-01-07 12:49:43 PM  
1 vote:

ZAZ: Râmnicu Vâlcea

Never trust letters that need to wear hats to disguise their identity.

+1 for the lolz

And I must point out that fraud is responsible and/or endemic for a lot of establishments, for instance:

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2013-01-07 11:46:47 AM  
1 vote:
I wanted more from that article. Fascinating.
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